Bikecentennial was a cross-country bike tour that commemorated the the U.S. bicentennial in 1976. The ride boasted 4,000 riders. Mostly young adults, many had never done long-distance bike touring, if they had even ridden a bike at all since their childhood ...
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Bridget O'Connell Gilchrist started out as an independent Bikecentennial cyclist and was "inducted" as a member of TAEK525 later. Their leader, Karl Schlaich, was hit by a car in Tribune, Kansas, during the trip. Th

Bridget Gilchrist:

Donna Schuerch Love was part of the largest cycling group during the U.S. Bicentennial. Led by her Ambassador College, Big Sandy, Texas, physical education teacher, Larry Haworth, the group included seventy-eight riders

Donna Schuerch Love Is


Theresa Whalen Leland: Remembering Bikecentennial 1976

Bikecentennial made Bill a more goal-oriented person. “Once you do that [Bikecentennial] you can pretty much accomplish anything,” he says. To stay in touch with Adventure Cycling about the 40th anniversary c

Once You Do Bikecentennial, You Can Accomplish Anything

Sue Carroll met her husband Tom during Bikecentennial 1976. If the car transporting half of Sue's group of high school girls hadn't broken down on the way to their start in Virginia, she never would have met Tom...

Finding Love Along the TransAm Trail

Adventure Cycling Tours Director Arlen Hall didn't participate in Bikecentennial, but he has no regrets. He graduated from high school during the year of Bikecentennial and was preparing to go to Case Western Reserve Universi

Then & Now: Everything Has Changed for Tours Director Arlen Hall Since 1976

Bill Harlan was one of the few people to have the opportunity to work for Bikecentennial after the ride on the TransAmerica Trail in 1976. Enjoy Bill's memories of the early days here...

Original Bikecentennial Staff Member Remembers the Organization Post-1976

A chance meeting with a Bikecentennial tour leader in 1976 inspired Phil Hinrichs to ride his bike over 100,000 miles in 47 states, including the TransAmerica Trail.

That Worked Out: How Phil Hinrichs Was Inspired to Ride the TransAm

Bikecentennial was transformative for Bob Norbie. "It restored a measure of my faith and humanity in America during the post-Vietnam War era," he says. "I discovered that people are people and we all want

Bikecentennial Transformed Career and Life Path of Bob Norbie, Director and CEO of Special Olympics Montana

Join the Bikecentennial co-founders for the Montana Bicycle Celebration, July 15–17.

Join the Bikecentennial Co-Founders for the Montana Bicycle Celebration, July 15 - 17

Bikecentennial group 1TAWB613 lost touch shortly after 1976. Read about how they reconnected in 2011, along with group 1TAWK613, and how they plan to reunite once again at the Montana Bicycle Celebration, July 15–17.

How One Bikecentennial Group Reconnected After Over 30 Years

Walter Johnson was an assistant leader during Bikecentennial. Walter will be 80 years old in 2016, still rides, and is considered an icon to some of his riding friends because he rode across the country. Read his Bi

Walter Johnson -- One of A Few Black Cyclists to Ride Bikecentennial 1976

Join us for the Montana Bicycle Celebration and celebrate 40 years of bike travel at our headquarters in Missoula, MT, July 15–17, 2016! With bike rides, music, film, and entertainment for bicyc

Montana Bicycle Celebration, July 15 - 17, 2016

Adventure Cycling Celebrates 40 Years! - YouTube

Adventure Cycling Celebrates 40 Years!

Support vehicle for Bikecentennial by bikinbill, via Flickr

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Support vehicle for Bikecentennial '76 by bikinbill, via Flickr #biketouring

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Bill Bliss Triple - This “triple tandem” bicycle was ridden by Bill Bliss and his two daughters (ages seven and eight) across America during the 1976 Bikecentennial event. (Bikecentennial ‘76 is now known as Adventure Cycling Association). #bikecentennial

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Bikecentennial is born via chocolate. We're celebrating at Adventure Cycling by indulging in treats today!

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One of our finer inventions.

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The Tetons + the TransAm Trail.

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Out of Bikecentennial, came Adventure Cycling.

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Doug Siple holding photographer Ron McClure's bike in West Yellowstone. About half a month into our Bikecentennial76 Trans-Am ride. This was the last snow we would see on the trip. photo: Ron McClure

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Transam group TAEK602 enjoys a beans and hot dogs dinner at Buckhorn Lake State Park in Kentucky. (photo by Bill Weir)

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Transam group TAEK602 at the Camp Chickahominy trailhead in Virginia. Departing on June 2, the group finished their journey in Reedsport, Oregon, on August 20.

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Two unknown riders somewhere in Kansas. (photo by Dan Burden)

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